I’m finding the directions the discussion is taking to be revelatory and illuminating. Thank you Johannes for adding to the debate. I have much to add myself but am taking a little while personally to piece together a response.
In the meantime, can I please encourage invited respondents – especially those new to the list – who haven't done so to introduce themselves, perhaps providing links and information about practice you are involved in.
On that level, I am also delighted to welcome a further two respondents who’ve kindly agreed to participate at the suggestion of Craig Saper:
London-based theorist. Research Professor and Director of Centre for Disruptive Media, Coventry University. Co-founder of Culture Machine and Open Humanities Press.
Media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Research professor, School for Communication and Media Design, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures.
Welcome, Gary and Geert and thank you Craig for introductions.
Geert raised an interesting point in an off-list email – as others have in as many words – that ‘art’ may not be a personal area of expertise and so one might wonder how to make a meaningful contribution. My view on this is that curating ought to be an interdisciplinary creative practice and research methodology drawing on collaboration and observation from different perspectives, experiences and bodies of knowledge. I think this will be the only way to find ways to curate ‘The Eternal Network’ after globalisation.
My ambition with this current research is to create a situation in which network technologists, media theorists, artists, activists and curators approach this discourse from their overlapping, partial perspectives. Again this brings me back to Filliou’s view that whenever ‘we are turning our attention to something that we do not know - we are doing research.’ It is our gaps in knowledge – sometimes unbridgeable - that inspire us to find out about how we are in ours and others' worlds. Let’s participate on the grounds of what we do not know and co-produce new formations in response!